SPARTA, NJ – A tip called into Sparta Police Department about an erratic driver led to the arrest of an Irvington man.  On September 23 around 6:45 p.m. Police Officer Steven Guido found Manuel Fernandez-Fernande asleep behind the wheel with the engine still running on West Mountain Road, police report.

According to police Guido saw there was vomit on the driver’s side door as he tried to wake up the 32-year-old Fernandez-Fernande.

Guido suspected the driver was intoxicated and had Fernandez-Fernande get out of his car for field sobriety testing.  Instead, the driver laid down on the road and fell back to sleep, police report.

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Guido had an ambulance bring Fernandez-Fernande taken to Newton Medical Center where he was admitted for observation, police report.  Fernandez-Fernande was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstruction of flow of traffic, careless driving, improper display of plates and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A family member was advised of Fernandez-Fernande was hospitalized.